Throughout history, an ideal body image changes every year. This change mainly affects everyone, especially women. As women we always feel like we have a certain type of standard to live up to in society.
Many women are forced to change who they are for the likeness and acceptance of someone else. This causes us to change who we truly are and destroy the love we have for ourselves.This huge change can lead to eating disorders, psychological distress, and most importantly, low self of esteem. In order to make this drastic change, they create unhealthy behaviors, such as skipping meals and eating less in order to have the same body image as what is portrayed in the media.
Growing up, I was always a plus size kind of girl. I looked different from all my friends and I still do. I had bigger thighs and more hips and more stomach with lots of stretch marks. As I am in my teeen years now, it started to affect me more often because that’s when people and my family members started to talk about my weight. Over the years I became very self conscious when it came to going out with my friends or just in general. I even saw a huge change in myself. I had more of an attitude all of the time and I just wasn’t happy with the person I was. My self love was destoryed for a long time. It took me a long time to realize that everyone has insecurities and has one thing that they don’t like about themselves. But some people decide to flaunt their insecurities and not let it bother them while others decide to live in their insecurities and worry about it for the rest of their life.
Written By Kiana Wright
Kiana Wright is a rising high school senior who participated in The Miseducation of Brown Girls Summer Leadership Academy.